in their own language. They recounted the exploits and
"Come with me. Someone knocked at the street door a few moments ago; there's no one else in the douse likely to have visitors at this hour. Perhaps her admirer has come back."
"If so, we are going to witness a scene of recrimination or reconciliation. How delightful!"
Although he was not leaving the widow's lodgings, Maitre Quennebert took up his hat and cloak and the blessed bag of crown pieces, and followed Madame Rapally on tiptoe, who on her side moved as slowly as a tortoise and as lightly as she could. They succeeded in turning the handle of the door into the next room without making much noise.
"'Sh!" breathed the widow softly; "listen, they are speaking."
She pointed to the place where he would find a peep-hole in one corner of the room, and crept herself towards the corresponding corner. Quennebert, who was by no means anxious to have her at his side, motioned to her to blow out the light. This being done, he felt secure, for he knew that in the intense darkness which now enveloped them she could not move from her place without knocking against the furniture between them, so he glued his face to the partition. An opening just large enough for one eye allowed him to see everything that was going on in the next room. Just as he began his observations, the treasurer at Mademoiselle de Guerchi's invitation was about to take a seat near her, but not too near for perfect respect. Both of them were silent, and appeared to labour under great embarrassment at finding themselves together, and explanations did not readily begin. The lady had not an idea of the motive of the visit, and her quondam lover feigned the emotion necessary to the success of his undertaking. Thus Maitre Quennebert had full time to examine both, and especially Angelique. The reader will doubtless desire to know what was the result of the notary's observation.
ANGELIQUE-LOUISE DE GUERCHI was a woman of about twenty-eight years of age, tall, dark, and well made. The loose life she had led had, it is true, somewhat staled her beauty, marred the delicacy of her complexion, and coarsened the naturally elegant curves of her figure; but it is such women who from time immemorial have had the strongest attraction for profligate men. It seems as if dissipation destroyed the power to perceive true beauty, and the man of pleasure must be aroused to admiration by a bold glance and a meaning smile, and will only seek satisfaction along the trail left by vice. Louise- Angelique was admirably adapted for her way of life; not that her features wore an expression of shameless effrontery, or that the words that passed her lips bore habitual testimony to the disorders of her existence, but that under a calm and sedate demeanour there lurked a secret and indefinable charm. Many other women possessed more regular features, but none of them had a greater power of seduction. We must add that she owed that power entirely to her physical perfections, for except in regard to the devices necessary to her calling, she showed no cleverness, being ignorant, dull and without inner resources of any kind. As her temperament led her to share the desires she excited, she was really incapable of resisting an attack conducted with skill and ardour, and if the Duc de Vitry had not been so madly in love, which is the same as saying that he was hopelessly blind, silly, and dense to everything around him, he might have found a score of opportunities to overcome her resistance. We have already seen that she was so straitened in money matters that she had been driven to try to sell her jewels that very, morning.
Jeannin was the first to 'break silence.
"You are astonished at my visit, I know, my charming Angelique. But you must excuse my thus appearing so unexpectedly before you. The truth is, I found it impossible to leave Paris without seeing you once more."
- bivouacked near us. They had no shelter during the rain.
- had at Forlaz good news from home; I was subject to noanxiety,
- thisquotation. I don't think I ever doubted the existence
- They determine our vital attitude as decisively as the
- the moving ray. Inhaling sibilantly, Max leaped after her.
- in a mind evidently framed by nature for ardent piety.
- called my Father. 'I will,' my heart panted. Did I stop
- strength, to which I instinctively turned attimes of weakness,
- heavy rain set in, which was hardly sufficient to drive
- follow. I can best describe the condition in which I was
- born in me. I have stood upon theMount of Vision since,
- saying that I have enjoyed communication with God. Ofcourse
- Max realized that he must lower his head if he would follow.
- Had I not found my God and my Father? Did he not love me?
- have had a more intimate communication with God. Ithink
- unable to make connectionwith it. I remember many occasions
- big farm, evidently finding in the society of this rougher
- by calling it astate of equilibrium. When all at once I
- manifest when rationalism argues for religion as when it
- again I feelas if I could sit beside him, and put my arms
- to peer through the fog ahead, he turned and descended
- not what. I spoke with the calmness and clearness of a
- the effect of some great orchestra when allthe separate
- to prayer--sosignificant as to be almost like talking with
- mist seemed to float above the water. This mist had a familiar
- come, sometimes direct and overwhelming in their revelation
- I feel his presence positively, andthe more as I live in
- to see me. The state of ecstasy may havelasted four or
- which marks the natural boundary of the country that the
- glory in which our great-grandfathers took suchsatisfaction,
- and almost the very spot on the hill-top, where my soul
- surrounds me like the physical atmosphere. He is closer
- and he pulled up short, for, instinctively, he knew that
- of which your consciousness now feels the weight of the
- lost it again for long. My most assuring evidence of his
- change of thought or of belief, except thatmy early crude
- resting the electric lamp upon one of the little ebony
- his presence.I let a few other cases follow at random:-God
- philosophies fruits of it, but physical science (amongst
- andchop logic, and put you down with words. But it will
- composed. When we reached Lemuy we had much difficulty
- there come quitethe same stirring of the heart. Then, if
- day to day in humility and poverty, leavinghim, the Almighty
- nature than the loquacious level which rationalism inhabits.
- before. For what was he waiting, or for whom? He heard
- My highest faith in God and truest idea of him were then
- to waver to and fro withthe presence of Something I knew
- by any of our usual images. At bottom the expression most
- his boys had deserted, for a hunting party from the bungalow
- of his presence was accompanied with no determinate localization.